Pelosi-linked House Majority PAC abandons key House races — red wave looking good

In what may be a bad sign for vulnerable Democrats, the House Majority PAC is reportedly abandoning a number of key congressional races.

According to Axios, leaders from both parties “are making ruthless calculations to cut funding for underachieving candidates in a push to sharpen their top targets,” with party committees and super PACs opting not to spend “at all on potentially winnable races because of flawed candidates.”

The House Majority PAC is an outside spending group linked to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the New York Times said last week that the group “raised more than $36 million in September and nearly $55 million since July.”

“The PAC, which supports Democrats with television and digital advertising in key House races, has hauled in $134 million so far this campaign season, according to a spokesperson for the group. That is ahead of its pace in 2020, when it had amassed $125 million at the same point in the election cycle,” the newspaper reported.

Yet, Axios reported that Democrats were cutting off funding for some candidates “primarily because they don’t have enough resources to spend in an expanding battleground map.”

“The lack of funds for races that have been key to Democrats’ 2022 plans comes as Republican groups have expanded the midterm election map significantly, spending money in a range of places where Democrats didn’t plan to need defensive action,” wrote Town Hall’s Spencer Brown.

U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., was the first Democrat named — here’s more from Axios:

Texas Democrat Michelle Vallejo, a progressive running in a majority-Hispanic Rio Grande Valley district against Republican Monica de la Cruz, isn’t getting any DCCC support in her Trump +3 district. House Majority PAC is planning to cancel the scheduled ad reservations for her at the end of the month, according to a source familiar with the group’s plans.

Wisconsin Democrat Brad Pfaff, running to succeed retiring Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), isn’t getting any outside backup in his race against Republican Derrick Van Orden. House Majority PAC reserved time in the district later this month, but a source familiar with the group’s plans said it intends to cancel those reservations.


Two House races in California rated as toss-ups by the Cook Political Report are reportedly at risk of getting cut off as well, though the article noted that the House Majority PAC still has millions in advertising reserved for the final three weeks in the campaigns against GOP Reps. Mike Garcia and Michelle Steel.

Polling shows Republicans holding an edge on the generic ballot that indicate which party voters prefer to be in control of Congress.

A recent Monmouth University poll found that 47 percent of likely voters chose Republicans, while 44 percent preferred Democrats, and the latest Gallup poll shows 44 percent of voters rated the Republican Party favorably, compared with 39 percent for the Democratic Party.


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